Happy Year of the Earth Pig

On this day of celebration of the lunar new year, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, the founder and spiritual director of Nalandabodhi International, shares good wishes for all. Rinpoche encourages making practical aspirations based on kindness and gentleness towards ourselves and others during this Year of the Earth Pig. What a wonderful way to begin!

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The Paramita of Joyful Diligence – with Mitra Mark Power

What comes to mind when you think of “Diligence”? For many of us our first thought is probably not, “Oh, how wonderful!” More likely we think of duty and obligation–we set our objectives and move toward their completion. It’s a kind of business mentality. When we bring that mentality to the path of Dharma, sooner or later we become disillusioned and maybe even feel cheated: “I’ve worked so hard and yet my goals seem no closer to being realized…” Why do you think this is?

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